Warming up in Kruger | Pretoriuskop

After a wonderful New Year’s breakfast and lunch we left for Pretoriuskop.

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On the way down we passed a Tawny Eagle

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I’m sure we saw lots more, but I stopped keeping my KNP Holiday Diary (the cute one you can buy in the shops) on the 1st.

We arrived at beautiful old Pretoriuskop. The last time I stayed here was 40 something years ago.

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We stayed in one of the little BG2 bungalows that don’t have a kitchen, so we rented a cutlery and plates hamper at Reception, which became an instant hit in our two-person household. The bungalows on the other side of the lawn (with outdoor kitchens)were especially popular with this kind of tourist:

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Perhaps designing the food storage and waste area within easy reach of monkeys and baboons had something to do with that.

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Anyway, we enjoyed the vervets antics.

The next morning we treated ourselves to breakfast at the Pretoriuskop restaurant. Yum. And went off for a short drive. We came across a HUGE mail lion, lying just beside the road.

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The traffic was hectic though, one lady almost drove into the lion. After taking a few quick pix, we left the scene. Not our cup of tea.

We went back to check out and set off to Afsaal Picnic Spot, where we were meeting a whole bunch of people. We decided to take the Voortrekkers Road to Afsaal.

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I soon regretted that choice. The wash board effect was quite rough, which meant a slow and bumpy ride. I needed to go to the toilet. There are no toilets along the Voortrekkers road.

When we finally reached Afsaal I sprinted to the WC and thanked all Water Spirits that there wasn’t a queue.

It was nice to see the Scops owl again. Even though he (she) was hiding away.

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After our meet and greet lunch we were off to Skukuza where we would spend our last two nights in the park.

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We spotted a Knob-billed duck ✓ at a waterhole. First time to see them in the wild. It was too far away for a photo though. Pity.

This beauty peeked out of the bush at us

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